Neighbour Day Grant Guidelines

Information regarding COVID-19

We have advised all our grant recipients to postpone Neighbour Day events until further notice. Once it is recommended and safe to do so, events will be held as planned.

We'll be in contact with all grant recipients with any updates.

We're still encouraging residents to find other ways to connect and engage with their neighbours and communities that are not face-to-face. There are some great examples on the Neighbour Day website on how people are building creative connections.

Council plays a vital role in ensuring public health and will continue to monitor the situation, and take advice from the government health agencies daily to adjust to new information as it becomes available.

Applications have closed!

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community! It brings together the people next door or across the street for a meet and greet BBQ, a picnic lunch at a local park or to formalise a local neighbourhood group.


Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day for people to get to know their neighbours, welcome newcomers and encourage healthy, safe and well connected neighbourhoods. The theme for Neighbour Day 2020 is “Social Connections”.

Neighbour Day is all about getting to know your neighbours and turning streets into neighbourhoods. That means encouraging and supporting people to go one step further on a special day each year.  Neighbour Day is not about large scale events, but rather smaller localised events.

We're supporting you to celebrate Neighbour Day on Sunday 29 March 2020. We'll provide grants of up to $250 for Neighbour Day celebrations across the municipality. There are many ways to celebrate Neighbour Day and we encourage you to be creative about how to connect with your neighbours. 

What Kind of Projects and Activities can be Funded?

The grant is for communities to have activities that turn our streets into friendly neighbourhoods.  We encourage you to think creatively and innovatively about ideas, but here are some ideas of the sorts of projects that will be funded:

  • Have a neighbourhood meet and greet BBQ at your local park or front yard.
  • Formalise a neighbourhood group, i.e. neighbourhood watch or a local Facebook page group. 
  • Organise a neighbourhood picnic and games afternoon at a nearby park or reserve. Egg and spoon, sack or relay races are popular with families with young children.
  • Organise a clean-up in a local reserve, gardening, working bee, or giant garage sale to fundraise for a neighbourhood initiative (subject to approval).
  • Start a neighbourhood library for things you are happy to lend or share with others in your street. For example: books, DVDs, soft toys, music, art and craft supplies.

Depending on what sort of activity you're planning you may need to apply for a Council permit and/or public liability insurance. 

Even if you're not applying for a Neighbour Day grant your activity may require a Council permit or public liability insurance. 

  • A public gathering of more than 60 people on a Council reserve, footpath or road.
  • A private (by invitation) gathering of more than 100 people on a Council reserve, footpath or road.
  • Road closures or changed traffic and parking conditions.
  • Any event that will impact on the local community through significant noise levels.
  • Jumping castles and temporary infrastructure such as portable toilets, marquees and stages on Council property
  • Fireworks including firecrackers.
  • Any event/activity that clearly goes beyond intended use of a public space.

Go to our Events, Private Function or Activities in a Council Park or Reserve page for the specific information.

It’s important you call us (see contact details on final page) to discuss your idea. If necessary we'll support your application for a reserve booking or event permit.

What will not be funded?

Activities that

  • involve alcohol;
  • are overtly religious or political in nature;
  • include salaries and people costs, e.g. coordinator, volunteer or project officer costs; or
  • do not comply with local laws.

To be eligible for funding

  • Applicants must either be Brimbank residents or Brimbank based not-for-profit community groups, clubs and institutions.
  • Activities must be held in the Brimbank City Council municipality.
  • Applicants can apply for funds up to $250 per event/initiative.
  • Applications need to be received by Brimbank Council no later than Sunday 1 March 2020.
  • Activities should ideally take place on Neighbour Day Sunday 29 March as this is the date that is celebrated nationally; however activities taking place a week before or a week after will be considered.

How Much are the Grants for?

Grants are available up to $250 per activity/initiative. Successful applicants are highly encouraged to consider shopping locally for food and materials to support their activity/initiative. 

Important Dates in 2020

  • 29 January - applications open
  • 1 March - applications close 
  • 6 March – applicants notified
  • 11 March – Grants disbursed
  • 29 March – Neighbour Day activities (A week before or after will be considered)
  • 27 April – Grant acquittals

How are Applications Assessed?

New applicants will be prioritised. All applications will be assessed for eligibility (see above) and then considered against the following selection criteria.

Selection Criteria

Does the activity: 

  • strengthen and build stronger relationships between neighbours?
  • encourage safe, healthy and well-connected neighbourhoods?
  • involve collaboration between neighbours in planning the activity?
  • comply with local laws with regard to alcohol, noise, litter and whether an event permit may be required?
  • comply with guidelines for use of Council reserves?

How are Grants Paid?

Successful applicants will be paid via cheque.

The Statement by Supplier form signed and lodged with the application is a form used by the Australian Tax Office to indicate reasons for not quoting an ABN. It is an agreement that the funds cannot be used for anything other than the specified purposes outlined in the agreement. 

Applications closed on Sunday 1 March 2020.

Further Information

Contact Community Planning and Advocacy via  or 9249 4000.